ECHR rules Russian regime failed to properly investigate activist’s Chechnya murder

Source: Metro

“The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Tuesday that Russian authorities had failed to effectively investigate the abduction and murder of prominent human rights activist Natalia Estemirova. Estemirova, 51 at the time of her killing in 2009, worked for the human rights organisation Memorial in the Chechen capital Grozny and documented extrajudicial killings, disappearances and abuses by law enforcement agencies. … the ECHR said there was not enough evidence to conclude that Estemirova had been kidnapped by state agents as her sister, who brought the lawsuit, had alleged. The court said that evidence in the case did however ‘cast doubt on the thoroughness of the investigation’ and that the government had also failed to submit the entire investigative file for the court’s assessment.” (08/31/21)